Energy Secretary Rick Perry appeared to think that Puerto Rico is a separate country during a House hearing Thursday.
Rep. Kathy Castor asked Perry about efforts to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged power grid during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.
“What is your plan to build a more distributed grid there with the modern technology that’s at our fingertips?” Castor asked.
“Congresswoman Castor, you have just pointed out the real challenge that this country faces in dealing with the territory and the citizens of Puerto Rico,” Perry replied. “That is a country that already had its challenges before this storm…”
“Well, they’re — it’s America,” Castor interjected. “They’re American citizens, so it’s not a country. But could you just detail, since the time is limited.”
“Yeah, that’s the reason I called it a territory, ma’am,” Perry replied. “I apologize for misstating here and calling it a country.”
Rick Perry flubs and calls Puerto Rico a 'country'
(..which is better than yesterday when he called it "a continent".) pic.twitter.com/gnkofhWtws
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